PON Community Calls for Standard and Industry Convergence

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BEIJING, CHINA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/19/17 -- Huawei attended the first passive optical network (PON) industry development workshop recently held in Beijing. A consensus has been reached to propose a PON industry development forum to the Broadband Forum (BBF) for the purpose of facilitating the coordination and collaboration among PON standards development organizations including ITU-T/FSAN, IEEE, and BBF so as to enhance industry convergence.

Due to the cost sensitivity of the PON industry that is primarily oriented to home broadband access, it was suggested at the workshop that the deployment of next generation PON system (10G+) has to take into considerations of the external ecosystem factors of transport networks, Ethernet, and data center networks and to reuse the cost-effective optical/electrical components and technologies that have been applied commercially in large scale. It was also suggested that to better the PON ecosystem, the community shall take proper measures including PON industry development coordination, standard requirement and roadmap management, and standardization coordination and cooperation. Finally, all participants agree to hold workshops whenever necessary to jointly discuss major technical issues emerging in PON industry development.

PON is the mainstream access technology used by operators in building fiber to the home (FTTH) ultra-broadband networks. Historically, there are two standard series: IEEE's EPON/10G EPON and ITU-T's GPON/XG(S)-PON. It induces to two types of system and related equipment in operators' networks, causing high network construction and maintenance costs. In order to promote a converged PON ecosystem, a group of Standards Development Organization (SDO) jointly issued a statement on PON convergence ("SDOs Team Up on PON Convergence", http://www.lightreading.com/gigabit/fttx/sdos-team-up-on-pon-convergence/d/d-id/731234?itc=lrnewsletter_lrdaily). To expand PON market scales, share industry chain resources, reduce deployment costs, and shorten the time to market (TTM), all present operator and vendor representatives at the workshop call for the convergence of standards and industry of next generation PON (10G+) to build a healthy and sustainable PON ecosystem.

Participating at the workshop, there are representatives from standard organizations, such as the Broadband Forum (BBF) and Institute of Communication Standards Research (ICSR), network operators including China Telecom, China Mobile, and China Unicom, and system equipment and optical module vendors including Huawei, Nokia Shanghai Bell, Accelink, FiberHome, Hisense, Source Photonics, and ZTE.

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Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. Its aim is to enrich life and improve efficiency through a better connected world, acting as a responsible corporate citizen, innovative enabler for the information society, and collaborative contributor to the industry. Driven by customer-centric innovation and open partnerships, Huawei has established an end-to-end ICT solution portfolio that gives customers competitive advantages in telecom and enterprise networks, devices and cloud computing. Huawei's 170,000 employees worldwide are committed to creating maximum value for telecom operators, enterprises and consumers. Its innovative ICT solutions, products and services are used in more than 170 countries and regions, serving over one-third of the world's population. Founded in 1987, Huawei is a private company fully owned by its employees.

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Marketwire: 16:54 GMT Friday 19th May 2017

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